Hear from Jessica, a Health Play Specialist (HPS) Apprentice and Starlight Health Play Champion, on why she began her career and how play has been crucial in her work with patients.
“I have wanted to become a HPS since I was young. As a one year old, I suffered with Juvenile Idopathic Arthritis and was in and out of hospital.
“I always had fun with the play team on my visits and would enjoy my time there. I remember thinking to myself ‘I’d love to do that job’. I still remember when I was 12 years old, an HPS came to see me and explained my illness to me in a way that no doctor or nurse had ever explained it to me. Being able to finally understand it and why it is important to take my medicine was so helpful.”